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Paint and Varnish Remover

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A highly effective incredibly fast paint and varnish stripper to remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes from many types of coatings. Gel consistency ideal for vertical or awkward areas.

Paint panther is suitable for use on water, oil and solvent based paints, varnishes and lacquers and is quite possibly one of the best wood strippers and paint removers available.

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A traditional 'Gel' type varnish and paint stripper that effectively removes a wide range of oil, water and solvent based lacquers, varnishes and paints.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.


Paint Panther can be used both indoors and outdoors. Always ensure suitable ventilation and apply to an appropriate test area to check compatibility.

Paint Panther Wood stripper gel does not contain Dichloromethane which is now a banned substance. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead.


Our wood stripping gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses or goggles.

When stripping wood floors, furniture and doors, paint a thick coat of wood stripper onto about a square meter at a time and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel. Removal of the wood stripping gel can be done with a scraper or with steel wool. If using steel wool then a good pair of gloves should be worn as wood strippers always contain aggressive stripping chemicals.

If some layers remain on the wooden surface then the process can be repeated as many times as is necessary. Once you feel that you are virtually back to the bare wood then the surface should be washed with white spirit. The one you use depends on the type of paint or varnish being removed but you won't do any harm to try several before you find the most effective one.


As with any corrosive substances such as paint remover or wood strippers, always read the instructions carefully prior to use for guidance and what to do if the product comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Paint and Varnish Remover reviews - Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 36 reviews.

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Katrina Cox

No better than nitro morse despite recommendations to the contrary
Paint stripping a very ornate wooden chair and this product is absolutely no better than nitro morse despite the countless customer reviews that rate it as far superior to the other product. Would not go out of my way to purchase this paint stripper again and am still looking for a product that will do the job much more quickly and less messily. It might just not exist!
Our feedback:-

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about this. Occasionally we do hear that Paint Panther doesn't work (less than 5% of projects).

We have contacted the manufacturer to try and gather more information about why this is. For example it may be less effective on lead based paints. Watch this space!

Works well
Works better than what other products did

Excellent !
Having tried another paint remover which was useless this did an excellent job in removing several layers of paint from an old window. Highly recommended and super quick delivery - thank you !
Beverley Webb

Really good product. Removed about 4 layers of stain & varnish.
First time I have used this and it was brilliant. A well known make I have used in the past is not a patch this product, I will certainly use this Paint & Varnish Remover in future.
P Oliver

Have tried every paint remover on the market and this one works. They are all messy and they all need experimentation to get it right on the surface you are stripping. The difference is this one is quicker, stronger and more efficient.
Anthony Hayward

Does what it says on the tin
Easy to apply,effective,did what I needed it to do, an excellent product.
Lisa Kirk

Works brilliantly
Took a while for it to penetrate old paint but l think it was because there were so many layers, would definitely buy varnish remover from the website again.
Lisa Atkinson

Very good product
This was the first time I have used paint stripper. I was nervous but it was easy. The paint (which is several layers over around 50 years) came off in two applications, and the wood looks great! Really easy to use (which is saying something because I'm relatively new to DIY and a little bit like Frank Spencer!).
Roy Sargeant

Don't buy Nitromors!!!
Buy this instead. Nitromors used to be the industry standard paint stripper or so I thought. The cloudy old gloopy stuff used to burn your skin but didn't half work well. recently bought some to clean up some ronsealed window frames and it was Cr*p. Spoke to the good guys at WFD and next day this stuff arrived. Not as good as the old Nitromors but then nothing is (that's what being green gets ya)! but a great improvement over the new Nitromors.
Maureen Pearce

Made stripping a staircase and banister very easy. Had layers of paint on now back to beautiful oak wood .down side it was a bite messy
Brahm Norwich

Very good
It was what I was looking for renovate a oldish garden bench.
Roger Blight

Even better than the original Nitromors Product
Very easy to use, did not cause any skin irritation to me whereas the original Nitromors made my eyes water and skin itch. Also it got most of the paint of with the first application but you must be patient to let the reaction really get going.
Peter Day

Worked well for the job
Did a great job removing several old coats of varnish from boat.
Christine Cheney

Stripped the paint quite easily
Although I had to use 2 coats to remove 5 layers of paint, this product made the job quite easy.
Cameron Clark

Outstanding stripper!
We have been restoring the dining room in a house of 1790 vintage, with old Nairn linoleum layers (glued down) and stain around the outside. The linoleum came off with a steamer and stripping knife (albeit with some of the wood too; patience would have helped). The remaining adhesive and stain was dealt with by Paint Panther and Trollull steel wool. Initially, tried just brushing on the Paint Panther, moving around and then removing, but latterly used steel wool to agitate after the Paint Panther had been in place for 20min. Required a few coats, but have achieved outstanding results!
Rebecca Griffiths

This did not live up to its own hype
This is very messy and faffy to use, lots of appying and waiting and re-applying, this would be ok if it subsequently had the dramatic effects it claims, but it definitely doesn't. After a great deal of prep and lots of scraping this only removed a very thin layer of varnish and created lots of gooey dirty residue that I ended up having to use a sanding block to remove! I gave up and hand sanded remaining wood, even this was much easier where paint panther had NOT been applied! Not impressed.
Our feedback:-
This type of stripper is not everyone's 'cup of tea'. As with all gel strippers they dissolve the varnish or paint, which in turn, creates a 'gunge' that has to then be removed.

There shouldn't be much waiting though. The product reacts within a just a few minutes so I'm wondering if maybe it was left too long in this instance, which led to it being less effective.

If left too long the layers being removed start to harden again which creates more work. A test area is vital because it teaches the user what the optimum waiting time is.
Beverley Mcdermott

Good when left on for a longer time than stated
If you leave it on its easier to remove. The varnish does take several coats depending on layers of varnish to be removed. Long process stripping welsh dresser but with elbow grease and a good sanding this product has helped me.
N Moor

Excellent, strong and value for money
Excellent paint remover which visibly removes multi layers of paint in one go.
Colin Henderson

Removed varnish with minimal effort
Excellent product removed 4 layers easily within half an hour.
Mark Knight

Best varnish stripper by far!
Used properly, works a treat.

per litre
5 mins
dry time
  • Easy to apply
  • Non-drip Gel Formula
  • Methylene Chloride Free

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